[TIP] The Windows 10 Secret Microsoft Won't Tell You
Microsoft says July 29, 2016, is the last day to upgrade your Windows 7 or 8 system to Windows 10 free of charge. After July 29, you will have to pay for a retail copy of Windows 10 ($119 for a Home upgrade or $199 for the Pro edition). Most people will eventually upgrade, but what if you're not ready to give up your Windows 7 or 8 system permanently by July 29? Here's a secret to delay the process as long as you want, and still get Win10 for free...
How to Claim Your Free Windows 10 Upgrade
I have good news for you: you can claim your free Windows 10 upgrade now (or by July 29) and keep on running your familiar old Windows version indefinitely. This is not a trick, or a hack, or anything illegal. It’s a feature built into the Windows 10 upgrade process by Microsoft, who obviously doesn’t want to draw a lot of attention to it.
In a nutshell, the process involves temporarily upgrading to Windows 10, then using the Reset feature to roll back the upgrade, returning to your previous Windows 7 or 8 environment. Here is what you need to do:
First, make sure your current copy of Windows is genuine and activated. Open Control Panel and navigate to System and Security > System. Near the bottom of the page is the Activation section.
You should see “Windows is activated,” your Product ID below it, and the Genuine Microsoft Software logo over to the right. If so, then you have a genuine copy of Windows and are qualified for a free upgrade to Windows 10. If not, you will have to buy a copy of Windows 10 when you want it.
Next, go ahead and upgrade to Windows 10. You can use the Get Windows 10 tool provided by Microsoft on this page. During the Windows 10 upgrade process, your old version’s activation status and Product ID will be checked and stored on Microsoft’s activation server. A “digital entitlement” license key for your new Windows 10 upgrade will be generated and stored on the activation server, too.
Are You Digitally Entitled?
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After Windows 10 is installed, open the Start menu and navigate to Settings > Update & security > Activation. Instead of seeing your Product ID on this page, you will see a reference to the Windows 10 digital entitlement.
You no longer need to know a Product ID! Microsoft safely stored all the information about your hardware system, old Windows version, and new Windows 10 upgrade that is needed to install Windows 10. You can wipe your hard drive and do a clean installation of Windows 10, as many geeks prefer to do, using the Media Creation Tool to create a bootable CD or USB installation device.
Once you have your free digital entitlement, it’s yours forever. Should anything corrupt your Windows 10 installation, you can re-install it using the Media Creation tool without any trouble; no Product ID required.
You have 30 days from the time you install the Windows 10 upgrade to change your mind and go back to your previous version of Windows. Microsoft calls it “resetting” a PC. To reset your PC, open the Start menu and navigate to Settings > Update & security > Recovery. Go ahead and select “Go Back to Windows 7” or 8.1. That process will take less than 15 minutes, in most cases.
Now you have your familiar old Windows version and a digital entitlement to a free Windows 10 upgrade. When you're good and ready, you can upgrade to Windows 10. You can even downgrade to your older version as many times as you wish, as long as you do so within 30 days after upgrading.
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This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 31 May 2016
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